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Senate to vote Tuesday on Biden's secretary of State pick

Senate to vote Tuesday on Biden's secretary of State pick
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The Senate will vote Tuesday on Tony Blinken's nomination to be President Biden's secretary of State.  

The vote, set to take place at noon, is expected to make Blinken the fourth Senate-confirmed Cabinet pick for Biden and the second to be confirmed this week. 

Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerCentrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Five takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision Senate confirms Chris Inglis as first White House cyber czar MORE (D-N.Y.) scheduled Blinken's confirmation vote as the Senate wrapped up its work for Monday. 

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The move came shortly after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee signed off on Blinken's nomination in a 15-3 vote on Monday, paving the way for it to be taken up on the Senate floor. 

GOP Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Ted Cruz says critical race theory is as racist as 'Klansmen in white sheets' Pentagon pulling 'certain forces and capabilities,' including air defenses, from Middle East MORE (Texas), Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulFauci says he puts 'very little weight in the craziness of condemning me' Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior Rand Paul does not support a national minimum wage increase — and it's important to understand why MORE (Ky.) and John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoDemocrats facing tough reelections back bipartisan infrastructure deal Judge halts Biden pause on new public lands oil leasing GOP senator: I want to make Biden a 'one-half-term president' MORE (Wyo.) opposed the nomination in committee. 

Democrats had hoped to confirm Blinken last week, but the Senate adjourned on Friday without taking up his nomination. 

"And as I said last week on the floor, the American people expect, and the Constitution requires, that we provide advice and consent to ensure that our top national security officials are confirmed in a timely matter. The office of the secretary of State is one of the most important national security positions in the government. It is fourth in the presidential line of succession. It cannot be left vacant," Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezSchumer says Senate will vote on repealing 2002 war authorization The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week Sanders drops bid to block Biden's Israel arms sale MORE (D-N.J.) said on Monday before the committee vote. 

The pace of Blinken's nomination is slightly slower than that of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: The center strikes back Democratic clamor grows for select committee on Jan. 6 attack White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine MORE's 2009 confirmation to the same post for then-President Obama. Clinton was confirmed on the second day of that Democratic administration. 

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But it's still outpacing the confirmation of Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonHouse passes legislation to elevate cybersecurity at the State Department Biden's is not a leaky ship of state — not yet With salami-slicing and swarming tactics, China's aggression continues MORE, former President TrumpDonald TrumpMaria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' The Memo: The center strikes back Republicans eye Nashville crack-up to gain House seat MORE's first secretary of State. Tillerson had his hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Jan. 11 but wasn't confirmed by the full Senate until Feb. 1. 

Blinken, who was previously deputy secretary during the Obama administration and advised Biden during the campaign, testified before the Foreign Relations Committee last week. 

During his hearing, he pledged to increase cooperation with Congress and keep the U.S. Embassy to Israel in Jerusalem and faced a wide-ranging grilling on top foreign policy hot spots including the Middle East, China and Russia.